Forgotify, the Last Frontier: Work Songs of Saint Lucia

Saint Lucia as in the island in the Caribbean, not the woman who was the inspiration for German holiday wreath-wearing customs.  Read More Forgotify, the Last Frontier: Work Songs of Saint Lucia

Ayuh Music: M.I.A.’s “Kala”

After last week’s post, I figured I’d make good on my own shortcomings by finding an album by a woman, or at least a woman-fronted band, to review for today. I got all the way into the Ms of my library before Kala leapt out at me, and I couldn’t believe I’d forgotten about Maya “M.I.A.” Arulpragasam. Read More Ayuh Music: M.I.A.’s “Kala”

Ayuh Music: Paul Simon’s “Graceland”

Okay, I should confess here that I do not care for Paul Simon very much: I think he’s kind of a dick, and his music is uninteresting. I 95% abhor Simon and Garfunkel; they just do nothing for me, and they soundtracked the awful The Graduate, which they will have to atone for someday (perhaps Art already is). But (as Opifex recently pointed out) there is one album that all ’80s babies know by heart, and that album is Paul Simon’s Graceland.

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As-Yet-Unnamed Music Column: “World Music” + Khaled

Hey y’all. I’m keeping with my warm-weather theme this week, as temperatures in the UK plummet and I routinely wake up not being able to feel my toes. This week we go overseas, far out of the English-speaking world, to Algeria. Read More As-Yet-Unnamed Music Column: “World Music” + Khaled

As-Yet-Unnamed Music Column: Kirsty MacColl

It’s February! Is the northern hemisphere finally getting warmer? Where I sit, no, it’s not, really. But you’re in luck, Persephoneers, because I have an album that will warm you right up. Tropical Brainstorm, the last album from the late, great, much-missed Kirsty MacColl, opens with a rill of Cuban steel drums and joyous voices cheering, and that gorgeous energy doesn’t let up until the final track. Read More As-Yet-Unnamed Music Column: Kirsty MacColl